Blunt hepatic trauma in children: experience with operative and nonoperative management.


Between 1974 and 1982, 32 children were treated for blunt hepatic trauma. Twenty-three injuries were secondary to motor vehicle accidents. Twenty-three patients had associated injuries. The hepatic injury was treated surgically in 18 patients. Urgent surgery for massive bleeding was required in 7 patients; 8 underwent laparotomy for continued bleeding after… (More)


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